Employment Specialist

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World Relief Seattle is now accepting applications for a full-time Employment Specialist who will maintain positive ongoing relationships with employers, prepare and place refugees in appropriate employment opportunities, and follow up with refugees placed in jobs.


  • Develop and maintain positive ongoing relationships with a variety of local companies who hire refugees
  • Expand employer base for refugee job placements
  • Market employment program to various community groups including Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Kiwanis, city governments, etc.
  • Work with clients to prepare them for employment, including:
  • Basic job skills training (e.g. workplace expectations, communication, etc.)
  • Orientation to culture and expectations of work in the United States
  • Counseling clients about benefits of early employment
  • Work with Employment Team to creatively address barriers to self-sufficiency
  • Assist clients through process of applying for employment
  • Follow up with clients after job placement to address areas of concern and ensure continued employment
  • Document contacts with clients and employers, reporting on progress as necessary
  • Other related tasks as assigned


  • A desire to serve refugees in support of the ministry and mission of World Relief
  • Ability to engage employers cheerfully, persuasively and professionally
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and sensitively with people of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds
  • Good organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple duties
  • Ability to adapt to a changing employment climate and shifting refugee populations
  • Flexibility, initiative, and a desire to learn
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team to accomplish goals
  • Experience in sales, marketing, human resources or related field desired
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Experience with refugees and/or non-native English speakers very helpful
  • Knowledge of a second language a plus
  • Intermediate computer knowledge, including MS Office
  • Current Washington State driver’s license and access to a vehicle required
  • Status: Full-time, permanent, non-exempt
  • Location: Kent, WA
  • Compensation: DOE
  • Application Deadline: Until staffed

To apply, please visit http://worldrelief.org/jobs

For more about World Relief Seattle, please visit http://worldrelief.org/seattle

For questions, contact Ellie McDermott at 253-277-1121 x222 or emcdermott@wr.org



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